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Industrial Fellows Program

The goal of the Industrial Fellows Program is to bring industrial and university scientists and engineers together in collaborative interaction for an extended period. This program structure provides the opportunity to formulate and implement long-term, non-proprietary research projects of mutual interest and encourages the exchange of new insights, ideas, and knowledge. Companies with IPrime Sponsor-level membership may send one Fellow per year as part of their membership fees. Affiliate-level companies may send Fellows for an additional fee.

While in residence at the University, a designated employee works closely with IPrime researchers on an open, pre-defined research project of mutual interest. To encourage Industrial Fellows and IPrime faculty to have a true interactive research experience, the program allows for a flexible schedule, and the residency period ranges from 10 days to one year. However, to ensure meaningful collaboration, the 10 days should be scheduled within a year.

How to Become an Industrial Fellow

The prospective fellow works with the IPrime faculty member who will be directly associated with the project to develop a one- to two-page proposal describing the nature of the research and the estimated amount of time to be spent in residence. The fellow, faculty member and appropriate IPrime Program Leader sign this proposal and forward it to the Partnership Director for final approval.

Current Fellows - Photos and Research

Since its inception, over 140 IPrime Industrial Fellows from 50+ companies have participated in this program. We have 11 Industrial Fellows currently pursuing diverse projects and one joining us in January 2015:

Name Company
Ryo Horiuchi Asahi Kasei
John Chen Boston Scientific
Arthur Scholz Cabot
Peter Barnett Covidien
TBD Dai Nippon Printing
David Castro Ecolab
Yoshihasi Takamori INOAC
Koki Tomioka Nitto
Jenny Zhu Stratasys
Yu Abe Toray
Dave DeGrio Upsher-Smith
Keith Kirkwood Valspar

Fellow Project Overview

An example of research completed by an Industrial Fellow is available below.

Jim Nelson
Selective Fluorination of Commodity Diene-containing Block Copolymers


Fellow Testimonial:

Gibson Batch 3M
Rachel Marullo Cooper Vision
David W. Gohl Ecolab
Steve Anderson General Mills



Supporting Facilities

IPrime members have access to instrument use and/or analysis services through research conducted at the following supporting facilities.


IPrime works within eight research partnership programs. Several of these programs also receive support from the National Science Foundation via the University's Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC).


Related Policies:

Policy on scholarly collaboration with Characterization Facility technical staff members
(for nonproprietary analytical research)